Tag: SouthAsia

  • Women and Students Are Leading Thailand’s Fight for Democracy

    A mass movement for democracy has swept Thailand since July. Led by a new generation of students and workers, protests have taken place throughout the country. They are fighting for a profound transformation of Thai society. Thai socialist Giles Ji Ungpakorn is a former associate professor of politics at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok. He was forced … Keep reading »

  • Canada’s Silence on India’s Colonization of Kashmir

    Kashmir is one of the world’s longest outstanding international conflicts. The world’s most militarized zone is under a serious threat of demographic change that is aimed at altering the final resolution of the disputed territory. With the introduction of the new Domicile Law by the government of India on March 31, 2020, the project of … Watch video »

  • Democratic Movement Attacks the Established Order in Thailand

    Led by young people and benefiting from broad support, the Thai democratic movement continues to mature. It is challenging the military-monarchist oligarchy, confronting the royal couple, and harking back to the militant struggles of the past. The enthronement of King Rama X has opened a major succession crisis. More profoundly, a whole archaic order – … Keep reading »

  • Kashmir, Solidarity and the Canadian State

    In his essay, “India’s Kashmir Crackdown Poses Risk of War,” John Riddell argues that India unilaterally revoked the autonomy of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, flooding the region with troops, imposing a curfew, and shutting down all communications, and imposing direct rule by New Delhi, India’s Hindu nationalist government, under the leadership of Narendra … Keep reading »

  • India’s Kashmir Crackdown Poses Risk of War

    On August 5, India’s Hindu nationalist government unilaterally revoked the autonomy of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, while flooding the region with troops, imposing a curfew, and shutting down all communications. The state is to be broken in two, with the eastern portion (Ladakh) under direct rule by New Delhi. The government of Prime … Keep reading »

  • The Machinery of Images and the (Post-)Modern War

    On 14 February, 20-year-old Adil Ahmed Dar rammed a vehicle fill of explosives into a bus full of reserve police force personnel in Indian Occupied Kashmir. The attack killed over 40 soldiers and was claimed by militant organization Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM). The response on the Indian side was predictable. Fueled by the hyper-nationalist and sensationalist private … Keep reading »

  • UN Office Calls for Probe Into Human Rights in Kashmir

    A conference in Mississauga July 7, convened by the Kashmir Welfare Society, marked the first organized response in Canada to a United Nations report calling for an investigation of human rights violations in this divided South Asian territory. More than 200 participants adopted a resolution calling on the government of India to withdraw troops from … Keep reading »

  • Fifteen Years of Occupation: Afghanistan Since the Invasion

    7 October 2016 marks the fifteenth anniversary of the invasion of Afghanistan. Many Western leaders claimed the invasion, dubbed Operation Enduring Freedom, was a humanitarian intervention to liberate Afghans and especially Afghan women and girls from the brutal Taliban regime. However, the evidence demonstrates the results have been anything but humane or liberating. The people … Keep reading »

  • The United States of America in the AfPak Region and Beyond

    War on Terror or Alliance with Islamic Terrorism? It may sound rather odd in the face of the open war on terror that has been raging in Afghanistan and the Middle East to speak of United States’ alliance with Islamic terrorists, but that is the messy reality of our times. The United States, it seems, has … Keep reading »

  • Imperialism in South Asia and the War Against the People of Pakistan

    Campaign Against Drones in Pakistan (CADiP) On March 12, 2014, Canada’s troops formally withdrew from Afghanistan after twelve years of participation in Western military occupation under the banners of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). Nearly two weeks later the minister for citizenship and immigration, Chris Alexander, appeared on … Keep reading »

  • Bottom of the 4th Inning of the Great Game: Afghanistan is Now Open for Business

    Many of the Canadian military, police, and civilian personnel who risk their lives in Afghanistan truly believe they are fighting a just war of good against evil. But America’s and Britain’s claims that the unsanctioned unilateral invasion of Afghanistan, which began the Global War on Terror, was justified by the terrorist attacks of 9/11 are … Keep reading »